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Rebecca's road to recruitment
FORMER Xavier College stu-
dent Rebecca Holloway, who
lives with a disability, has been
recognised for her strength and
resilience while trying to gain em-
ployment, receiving The Barku-
ma Personal Development Award
The 20-year-old said she was
"surprised" and "felt privileged" to
receive the accolade last month, as
part of Playford Council's Interna-
tional Day of People with Disabili-
ty Mayoral Awards.
The awards celebrated the out-
standing achievements of people
living with a disability and their
significant contributions to the
Ms Holloway was nominated by
Xavier College after she shared her
employment journey with students
for the third time in 2017.
"I felt really privileged to know
that all my hard work has paid off
and it has given other people some-
thing to strive for," Ms Holloway
"It is nice to know that I might
be a role model to other kids and
they can go out and not be afraid of
The award is a culmination of
all of Ms Holloway's failures and
successes that were experienced
while she paved her aged care ca-
Ms Holloway's journey started
midway through high school with
work experience, which led her
to completing a Certificate III in
Aged Care during year 12.
After school, Ms Holloway com-
menced her first paid role in aged
care but, unfortunately, it did not
Despite the setback, Ms Hollo-
way persevered and secured two
days a week of work at Baker's
Delight, and a volunteer role for
the Playford Council's Friends
In this role, she drove local resi-
dents that have disabilities to social
Ms Holloway said these jobs
helped build her confidence, and
encouraged her to look again at
securing employment in aged care.
Now, Ms Holloway works for
a company that provides in-home
care to the elderly and has been
able to discontinue support through
the disability support pension.
She said she finds her job very
satisfying and loves earning her
own money and being independent.
"I enjoy the people, and putting a
smile on someone's face when you
walk through the door," Ms Hollo-
"Also, knowing that you are
there for someone because there is
a lot of lonely people.
"Sometimes, I drive away and
I go, 'I feel really good because I
have helped that person and they
get to stay in their home and they
don't have to leave and they can
still be independent'."
Ms Holloway's mother, Mandy
Holloway, said she and the rest of
the family are proud of what Re-
becca has achieved, and hopes that
her journey, which has included
countless volunteer hours, will be
a lesson to others.
"The key to getting into work is
knowing that volunteering is like
free education," she said.
"Everybody thinks that volun-
teering is just not getting paid, but
no-one has any idea how much it
makes a difference."
Mum Mandy Holloway (left) is very proud of daughter Rebecca, who has achieved great personal success, despite some set-backs.
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